2 'drug pushers' killed in Cebu buy-bust ops

Jude Torres and Edgar Escalante, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 14 2016 08:01 PM

Two drug pushers were killed in two separate buy-bust operations in the cities of Danao and Naga in Cebu on Tuesday.

In Danao City, the cousin of alleged drug lord Alvaro "Barok" Alvaro, RR Alvaro, was shot dead by cops when he allegedly fought back during a buy-bust operation. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival by doctors.

RR Alvaro was among the four suspects who allegedly tried to kill a cop in Lilo-an town on Monday. Barok Alvaro, however, was able to escape. The three others were nabbed during hot pursuit operation in Mandaue City. 

Alvaro was also one of the suspects in the strafing incident in Danao City Police Station last August, following the death of his cousin, Medz Alvaro. Medz was identified by PNP as a drug pusher; he is also the brother of Barok.

Confiscated from RR Alvaro were packs of suspected shabu and an Ingram submachine gun, which, according to Danao City Police Chief, Sr. Insp. Alejandro Batobalonos, will be subjected to ballistic examination, to determine if the weapon was used in the strafing.

In Naga City, Lito Jabonillo was also shot dead by police after he allegedly tried to shoot the cops in a buy bust operation on Tuesday night.

A total of 400 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated value of P4 million and a .45 caliber pistol were confiscated from the suspect. Jabonilla is the number 2 on Naga City Police’s drug watchlist.

Jabonillo's girlfriend, Emily Alinsonorin, was also arrested for being involved in the drug trade.

Meanwhile, Police Regional Office 7 held a "Tokhang Show" at the University of Southern Philippines Foundation in Lahug, Cebu City.

The show was attended by officials of the Central Command as well as government employees. Cops, along with some talented drug surrenderers, performed on stage.

PRO-7 Director, Chief Supt. Noli Talino said this is one of their ways to reach out to the young people involved in illegal drugs to encourage them to stop and surrender.